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SPEP Meeting Agenda 2016

The Annual SPEP Business meeting will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016, 5:45-7:15. The 2016 SPEP Business Meeting agenda is posted here.

The agenda includes two proposals put forward for consideration by SPEP member Noëlle McAfee. These two proposals are also attached below.


  1. There shall be a nominating committee of five to present to the membership a slate of candidates for open positions on the executive committee, which will include at least one candidate for co-director and three to four candidates for each at-large position. The nominating committee will prepare its slate after soliciting names from the executive committee (which may recommend up to two candidates per position), from the standing committees, and from the membership through the website and by email. It will ensure that (i) any candidate for co-director has appropriate experience and institutional support, (ii) that there will be gender parity on the committee, and (iii) that current areas of research in the organization are adequately represented. It will submit the slate to the Secretary-Treasurer no later than two months before elections are to be held. Other nominations may be made from the floor of a business meeting.
  2. No member of the nominating committee may simultaneously be a member of the executive committee.
  3. The committee shall consist of the most recently retired co-director, who shall act as chair, and four members, two of whom shall be elected each year for two-year terms. Current nominating committee members may not serve a consecutive term.
  4. Each year the chair of the nominating committee shall compile a slate of candidates for the two open positions on the nominating committee.The slate shall consist of no fewer than seven candidates for the two open positions. (That’s seven in all, not seven per position.) Of these, the executive committee may nominate up to three candidates; the nominating committee may nominate up to two candidates; and the remaining candidates should come from the floor of the business meeting or by email to the Secretary-Treasurer or chair of the nominating committee at least two months in advance of elections. Nominations may not be closed until seven names have been placed in nomination. In preparing the ballot, the chair may solicit nominations from the membership and the standing committees and shall remove the names of any former chair of the nominating committee and any nominee who has previously served on the committee for a total of four years or more. Until nominations are closed by the chair, all those who have been nominated by SPEP members, who are themselves members of SPEP in good standing, will be placed on the ballot.
  5. Election to the committee will take place through a rank ordering of the full slate of seven or more candidates. All candidates may provide a brief statement to be included in the election materials. If the top two candidates do not receive a combined total of at least 60% of the votes, there will be a runoff election among the top four candidates.


Beginning in 2017, voting on bylaws amendments and elections to SPEP offices shall be conducted electronically. Whenever a vote to fill an elected office falls short of a majority, a run-off election will be held.

SPEP Mourns the Loss of Pleshette DeArmitt

SPEP mourns the sudden passing of Pleshette DeArmitt, Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis and Chair of the SPEP Committee on the Status of Women.

Pleshette was a beloved teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. Pleshette will be remembered as a warm, kind, gentle, and lively presence at our conferences, and we will miss her easy laughter, her philosophical insight, and her compassionate, generous, and welcoming spirit.

A leading scholar in the philosophical work of Julia Kristeva, Pleshette joined the Memphis Philosophy department in 2006, after holding visiting appointments at Grinnell College and Villanova University. She received her MA and PhD from DePaul University and her BA from Duquesne University. She had served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Memphis since 2013.

Among her many honors and leadership positions, Pleshette was a 2010 recipient of the American Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, awarded by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She also served as the President of Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française (SAPLF) and on the Committee on the Status of Women for SPEP.

Pleshette’s research and teaching interests included contemporary continental philosophy, feminist theory, psychoanalysis, and social and political thought. She regularly taught undergraduate courses in feminist theory and 19th- and 20th-century continental philosophy. She taught graduate courses on Rousseau’s moral psychology, Freud’s metapsychology, Kristeva’s philosophy of bios, and themes in contemporary continental philosophy.

Pleshette published scholarly articles on Derrida, Kofman, and Kristeva in journals such as Mosaic, Parallax, Philosophy Today, Research in Phenomenology, and The Southern Journal of Philosophy. She was the author of The Right to Narcissism: A Case for an Im-possible Self-Love (Fordham University Press, 2013) and the co-editor of Sarah Kofman’s Corpus (SUNY Press, 2008).

She is survived by her husband, Kas Saghafi, also Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis, and her beloved daughter Seraphine.

The family requests memorials be sent to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119, “Behind the Stone Wall.”

The obituary is available here.

Proposals for Voting on Proposals, Resolutions, and Motions

All items to be voted on at the business meeting must be distributed to the SPEP membership no less than one month before the date of the business meeting. Since the Executive Committee [EC] sets the agenda for the business meeting, anyone wishing to introduce an agenda item is required to send that item to the Co-Directors no less than two months before the date of the business meeting. The EC will then distribute an agenda for the business meeting, including any proposals or motions to be voted on by the membership, to the membership by email. These items will also be made available on the SPEP website as well as at the registration desk.

We make this proposal so that all members will know in advance what is going to be discussed at the upcoming business meeting, and will therefore have the opportunity to make arrangements to be there for the discussion and vote. On this proposal, new business could, as always, still come up from the floor, but it could not be voted on until the next year’s business meeting. We want to emphasize that this proposal is intended to apply only to voting for proposals, resolutions, and motions, not to our voting procedures for new members of the EC or Co-Directors.